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Conversion Course: Research Design and Measurement

Vak 2010-2011


The course is designed to introduce students to the basics of research design and methods, and to provide them the primary notions of statistical analysis. First, we discuss the research design components and the qualitative and quantitative research methods. Second, we set the bases for the use of statistical methods in political research by focusing on descriptive and inferential statistics (bivariate and multivariate techniques of analysis). Students are expected to read the assigned texts and contribute to class discussions.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, class discussions, and exercises (SPSS based).


Approximately 700 pages:

  • John W. Creswell (2009). Research Design. Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approach. London: Sage Publications (3rd edition).

  • Andy Field (2009). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. London: Sage Publications (3rd edition).

  • Keith F. Punch (2005). Introduction to Social Research. Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. London: Sage Publications (2nd edition).


  • David Marsh and Gerry Stoker (eds.) (2010). Theory and Methods in Political Science. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan (3rd edition).

Additional readings will be made available in our first session.


The final grade is based on:
Final paper: 40%
Mid-term assignment: 30%
Two short tasks: 30%
Details are included in the syllabus and will be extensively discussed in class during our first session.


Wednesday 8 September till 27 October, 17.00-19.00 hrs. in 1A30(pc) (except 8-22 Sept. 1A03)
Thursday, 16 and 23 September, and 14 October: 17.00-19.00 hrs. in 1A26 (pc),